They say that prevention is the best medicine, but we often learn about diseases and their appropriate investigation and management first in medical school. Of course, if you never have the condition, you don’t need to come to hospital – saving lives in a big way.
So when it comes to stroke in particular, prevention is critical because of the long ranging morbidity of the condition. Primary prevention in particular can be hard, since you have to prevent the condition before you know anything about it, which means risk stratification is the key. But which risk factors are most important?
If you see one of these risk factors in your patient’s history, then you need to think about what you can do to prevent a stroke; therefore, having the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association would be great – and luckily, they’re just here for free.
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